Writers seem oblivious to the April 10, 2019 CDC clarification that plainly states: “The guideline does not endorse mandated or abrupt dose reduction or discontinuation, as these actions can result in patient harm. The Guideline includes recommendations for clinicians to work with patients only when patient harm outweighs patient benefit from opioid therapy. The guideline on high dose prescribing focuses on initiation.” In other words, do not taper chronic pain patients who are stable and doing well, period. What is so hard to understand?



ORIGINAL ARTICLE: (WZAW) — No one wants to live in pain, but no one should put their health at risk in an effort to be pain free. That’s why the CDC recommends reducing opioid use and instead turning to safer alternatives like physical therapy to manage pain.
Physical therapy proven to reduce and manage pain (Photo source: American Physical Therapy Association)

Doctor-prescribed opioids are appropriate in some cases, but they just mask the pain.

Opioid risks include depression, overdose, and addiction, plus withdrawal symptoms when stopping use.

More than 20% of Americans live with chronic pain. Prescribing rates continue to remain very high in certain areas across the country- in 16% of U.S. counties, enough opioid prescriptions were dispensed for every person to have one.

Sarah Wenger, an American Physical Therapy Association spokeswoman, talked on NewsChannel 7 at 4 to discuss how physical therapy can be a safe and effective alternative.

Physical therapists treat pain through movement, hands-on care, and patient education — and by increasing physical activity you can also reduce your risk of other chronic diseases.

TAGS: Alternative, Pain Control, Opioids, American Physical Therapy Association, Sarah Wenger, American Physical Therapy Association)

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